Ancel Roy Monroe Stowe, president of the Toledo University and accounted one of the forunost educators of Ohio,
was born August 30, 1882. in Walkerton. Indiana, and is a son of Dennis Lowery and Leonora Grace (Monroe) Stowe.
From his early boyhood the parents planned that their son should enjoy the benefits of college training and did
their utmost to stimulate in him an interest in higher education. He responded to their efforts and after mastering
the branches of learning taught in the public schools of Chicago, where the family home was then maintained, he
took up regular collegiate work in the Northwestern University. near that city, and was graduated with the degree
of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1903, while in 1904 his Alma Mater conferred upon him the Master of Arts degree, at
which time he was but twenty two years of age. After resident work of a rear at Harvard University, that classic
old institution conferred upon him the Master of Arts degree in 1905, while Columbia University accorded him the
honor of making him a Doctor of Philosophy in 1909. Through the intervening years his attention has been given
to the teaching profession. He accepted the position of principal in the Darien Center school at Darien, Connecticut,
for the year 1906-7 and in the latter year became principal of the training school of the State Normal at Hyannis,
Massachusetts, where he remained until 1909. He then went to Emporia, Kansas, where he was professor of history
and philosophy of education in the State Normal School until 1912 and through the scholastic year of 1913-14 he
was supervisor of training in the Wisconsin State Normal at Whitewater. He next became active professor of education
and psychology and also director of university secondary education in De Pauw University at Greencastle, Indiana.
In 1916 Dr. Stowe came to Toledo as president of the Toledo University and his work as administrator and teacher
in the school has been of highest benefit to this institution. which is one of the few municipal universities in
the United States. Under his guidance the school has made notable advance, gaining rapidly both in influence and
prestige in the community and in comparison with other similar institutions. He is a man of ripe scholarship, holding
to the highest educational standards, actuated by an unfaltering zeal to advance the interests of the school and
render the institution of the greatest possible service in the preparation of the young for the responsibilities
and duties of life, which is the real object of education.
On the 5th of September, 1907, Dr. Stowe was married at New Canaan, Connecticut, to Miss Marjorie Henry, the second
daughter of William and Margaret (Waters) Henry. Dr. and Mrs. Stowe have one son, David Henry Stowe, who was born
in New Canaan, Connecticut, September 10, 1910. Dr. Stowe has held membership in the Masonic fraternity since 1909
and he belongs to the Congregational church, while his political attitude is that of a progressive republican.
He has membership in several educational societies, including the National Education Association, Association of
College Teachers of Education, the American Academy of Political Science and the Ohio Academy of Social Science.
He likewise has membership in the Commercial Club of Toledo and is the author of a thesis entitled, "English
Grammar Schools in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth," which was published in 1909. He was recently elected corresponding
academician of the Royal Academy of History and Art, Toledo, Spain. Progress has actuated him at every point in
his career and in, the educational field he has attained a notable position.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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